Imam To Tour Nation Promoting NYC Islamic Center

NEW YORK (AP) — The Muslim cleric who hopes to build an Islamic center near the World Trade Center site said Friday that he’ll tour the country in an effort “to inspire interfaith understanding” for a project that has ignited explosive faceoffs between supporters and opponents.

“The major purpose is to make people aware of what America means as a country that protects the right to freedom of religion,” Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf told The Associated Press.

American Muslims like himself, he said, “can play an important role as interlocutors between the United States and the Muslim world.”

Rauf’s first appearance is scheduled for Detroit on Jan. 15. The city has North America’s largest Muslim population.

The imam said he’ll continue on to Chicago, Washington, San Antonio and college campuses including Harvard, Georgetown, Yale and the University of North Carolina. He did not release specific dates for his speeches.

Rauf said he expects the tour will end sometime in April; he’s still receiving and considering invitations.

In a telephone interview — “on a cell phone while shopping,” he said — he told the AP that he wants to make clear both to New Yorkers and people across the country the purpose of a project “about which I’ve been dreaming for 20 years.”

He said the Islamic center would be modeled on Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y — “a community space where people of all faiths can come to participate in everything from athletics to cooking classes, adult education programs, and panel discussions on issues of importance.”

There also would be theater productions and film screenings, he said.

Last summer, Rauf’s idea of constructing the high-rise Islamic community center and mosque two blocks from ground zero provoked a political firestorm that led to virulent demonstrations.

Opponents call it offensive to families of Sept. 11 victims and are demanding that the project be moved to another location. They say building a mosque near the site of the terrorist attack perpetrated by Muslim extremists is an affront to them.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has endorsed the center at the original proposed location.

Rauf noted that he’s been “a member of the Lower Manhattan community for 25 years” — leading a mosque about a 15-minute walk from the site of the proposed new Islamic center.

In Detroit, Rauf is scheduled to deliver a keynote address to the so-called “Diversity Forum Banquet” of the Islamic Society of North America.

“I want to inspire interfaith understanding,” he said. “This past summer, during the demonstrations, we also saw the birth of what we believe to be a global movement of people of all faiths who want to have a better future for their children and grandchildren.”

Despite opposition to the Islamic center, the imam is viewed as a moderate Muslim sponsored by the U.S. State Department to travel on behalf of the United States, tempering extreme positions in the interest of world peace.

“It’s a good idea to reach out to Americans and address any misunderstandings between Muslims and non-Muslims,” Zaheer Uddin, head of New York’s Islamic Leadership Council, said of Rauf’s speaking tour.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


One Comment

  1. el says:

    moderate, extremists, these r synonyms to me….. once bitten, one will always be afraid, very afraid, we don’t need another 911 or another reminder of what your religion did to us on that date

    it’s a terrifying and horrigying religion, why can’t u be tolerant? why do we have to do all the toleranting? do u think we r that stupid????

  2. el says:

    we dont’ need any more understanding, we need u to condamn the actions of your own religion….. read the koran…. it wants to wipe out everyone who’s not muslim….. read it hard, find all the korans in the world and tell me if it’s not true…….

    1. Mohammad says:

      You are wrong, the quran doesn’t say to wipe out anyone. There is a difference between reading 1 particular verse and the entire surah. You have to understand the exegis of a particular surah to truly understand what the surah is talking about. The miracle of the quran is a message to man kind. Muslims are not commanded on taking over the world. In fact the muslim holy prophet said that islam will be long gone before the world would end. Anyone with a atoms weight of faith in his lord will be judged accordingly. That is the message of islam. Patience, faith, and dignity for each other. All of man kind no matter who.

    2. born2win says:

      el… save us the lies.. there is no such book as the koran… it must have been written by some anti-Islam bigots… the final revelation given to the last Messenger is the Holy Quran aka Kalamuallah… it’s amazing how easily an ignorant like you are duped into believing such rubbish. Get out of your nutshell!

  3. el says:

    some dreams r meant to be shattered…… dreams of the terroriss for instance becomes many peoples’ nightmares……

  4. el says:

    go build it where it can not hurt people’s feelings or where it can not stir up any painful memories….. there r plenty of room in new york, why bring up mix emotions????? r u stupid?????

  5. el says:

    aren’t lives more imp than any religion?

  6. jahuh says:

    Can a pastor or a rev father TOUR nation in IRAQ, IRAN, Saudi, UAE, Afghan, Pakistan, Syria, Lebanon, Palestinia, and other islamic countries?lol i guess he’ll be shot down by the mob or they’ll bomb him or the govt will arrest him and jail him. Give it a try if you’re in any of these countries, and if u’re a pastor or rev father or rabbi..

  7. new york says:

    Every human being has the right to submit himself to the will of one God the only God who created everything. That’s Islam.

    1. Christian Fluent in Arabic says:

      “ALLAH IS A STONE IN MECCA” – meaning that he has no brain? Islam is a ideology of poor….

  8. Role says:

    In a sedcution only the positives are shown. The facts are in Islamic countries minority religions are persecuted. Iraq, Pakistan, Iran et al.

    Further more no tolerance for religious debates is allowed, all we hear is kill, kill in the name of Allah.

    1. wenefredo melencion says:

      That’s what your teaching says. But in our Christian faith, we are taught to love one another and respect one’s life. It is against the commandment of God to kill a person, whether it is done for Him or otherwise.



  10. Sam de Silva says:

    Islam rule the world!

    1. muhamed says:

      That world will really be one full of rebels and terrorists.

      Thank God that by that time, JESUS CHRIST would have come and collected those who believe in HIM as the son of GOD and GOD.

      1. born2win says:

        Jesus descend from Heaven before doomsday to destroy the Crosses (crucifixes), kill pigs (filthy to the muslims) and to save the world, he come down to show the Christians they have been led astrayed and that it was not him that was crucified on the Cross, Jesus would not have cried ‘where art thou Lord, why did you forsake me..”

  11. ABC says:


    1. xyz says:

      u have no idea about Islam do u??

      1. muhamed says:


    2. ArroyoMgaMagnanakaw says:

      That stone will give you 70 virgins!

      1. muhamed says:


  12. Imran Khan says:

    Light upon Light

    Revelation: “Say ye: ‘We believe in God and the revelation given to us and to Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Moses and Jesus, and that given to (all) Prophets from their Lord. We make no difference between one and another of them, and we bow to God.’ ” Chapter 2, Verse 136

    About the virgin Mary: “Relate in the Book (the story of) Mary, when she withdrew from her family to a place in the East. She placed a screen (to screen herself) from them: then We sent to her Our angel and he appeared before her as a man in all respects. She said: ‘I seek refuge from thee to (God) Most Gracious: (come not near) if thou dost fear God.’ He said: ‘Nay I am only a messenger from thy Lord (to announce) to thee the gift of a holy son.’

    She said: ‘How shall I have a son seeing that no man has touched me and I am not unchaste?’ He said: ‘So (it will be): thy Lord saith “That is easy for Me: and (We wish) to appoint him as a Sign unto men and a Mercy from Us:” it is a matter (so) decreed.’ ” Chapter 19, verses 16-21.

    According to Qur’an the message contained in the Old Testament and the New Testament is inspired by Allah:

    “Say (unto the People of the Scripture): Dispute ye with us concerning Allah when He is our Lord and your Lord? Ours are our works and yours your works. We look to Him alone.”(2 – 39)

    1. hussein says:

      stupid! you will drink the urine of your prophet day and night.

  13. Truth upon Truth says:

    Some quotations from the Qur’an:

    Honor each other: “O mankind! We created you from a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes that you may know and honor each other (not that you should despise one another). Indeed the most honorable of you in the sight of God is the most righteous.” Chapter 49, Verse 13

    God loves the kind: “God does not forbid you to be kind and equitable to those who have neither fought against your faith nor driven you out of your homes. In fact God loves the equitable.” Chapter 60, Verse 8

    About Jesus: “And in their [the earlier prophets] footsteps We sent Jesus the son of Mary, confirming the law that had come before him. We sent him the Gospel, therein was guidance and light and confirmation of the law that had come before him, a guidance and an admonition to those who fear God.” Chapter 5, Verse 46

    Good and evil: “Whoever recommends and helps a good cause becomes a partner therein, and whoever recommends and helps an evil cause shares in its burden.” Chapter 4, Verse 85

    Reaction to evil: “Repel (evil) with what is better. Then will he, between whom and thee was hatred, become as it were thy friend and intimate. And no one will be granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self-restraint.” Chapter 41, Verse 34 and 35

    Do good: “Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a Garden (paradise) whose width is that of the heavens and of the earth, prepared for the righteous – Those who spend (freely), whether in prosperity or in adversity, who restrain (their) anger and pardon (all) men – for God loves those who do good.” Chapter 3, Verses 133-134

    Reward for righteousness: “Whoever works righteousness, man or woman, and has faith, verily, to them will We give a new Life, a life that is good and pure, and We will bestow on such their reward according to the best of their actions.” Chapter 16, Verse 97

    Acts of compassion: “And what will explain to you what the steep path is? It is the freeing of a (slave) from bondage; or the giving of food in a day of famine to an orphan relative, or to a needy in distress. Then will he be of those who believe, enjoin fortitude and encourage kindness and compassion.” Chapter 90, Verses 12-17

  14. Kazazic says:

    The extinction of race consciousness as between Muslims is one of the outstanding achievements of Islam, and in the contemporary world there is, as it happens, a crying need for the propagation of this Islamic virtue.
    Arnold J. Toynbee

  15. truth says:

    The Koran (which came almost 600 yrs after the Bible) copied from the Bible. Since the theme of love ran through the whole Bible, so the Koran writers could not include the subject of love in it but rather took on to the theme of hatred which runs through the Koran. That is why it is only the Koran that can be used to foster terrorism e.t.c. You can not use the Bible to killed innocent people, even those who are not believers of the Bible will criticize you, because they know that is not the theme of the Bible.

    It is foolishness even to put the Koran and the Bible on the same table of comparison. How can you compare the original and a negatively edited version?

    Let no one deceive you, Jesus is THE ONLY WAY TO GOD, not one of the way.

    If poison is wrapped with attractive parceling papers, fools will go for it. That is what the Koran is. The Muslims are good people like others, but if a good man drinks poison, he will still die nor withstanding the fact that he is good.

    American people stand up and be not deceive. Choose right. Do not choose poison parcel in the attractive parceling paper of religious understanding through discussions.

    What are we discussing about?

    1. new york says:

      The Quran is what God sent to the Prophet Mohammad and it has never been copied from anywhere else. There’s much knowledge in the Quran than it has the bible. Muslims respect the Bible for one thing, it had the same message which was the oneness of God , to worship one God. But later, man has corrupted the Bible, now you have so many versions of this Bible. The Quran has only one and only one original version that will never be changed because God is protecting it. It’s clearly stated in the Quran itself that God will protect it. The Quran never brought violence, it brought peace because violence was born with human beings themselves. Muslims never insult other religions or other prophets because all are from one God, they came with the same message to worship God alone. Muslims do not follow what is corrupted, but we follow only the Quran and the sunnah which clarifies the message of the Quran. It is clearly stated in the Quran that Muslims must defend themselves against transgressors. As it states NOT to be a transgressor. If you look at history, or even nowadays Muslim have been and are transgressed by other nations. The Quran did not bring violence nor terrorism. It brought peace, love and understanding. Read the Quran as a whole but not partially to know what I am talking about.

      1. hussein says:

        stupid! you will kiss the ass of your prophet day and night

      2. muhamed says:

        The Koran can not be from God. Do not deceive yourselves.

        The Koran is an edited version of the Bible.

        Mohamed read the Bible but JESUS did not read the Koran.

        It is as simple as that.

      3. muhamed says:

        You say man has corrupted the Bible. I think that it is Allah who has corrupted the Muslims.

        They try to defend what is just too obvious. Terrorists are Islamists or those who have been deceive by Islam

      4. Christian Fluent in Arabic says:

        “The Quran is what God sent to the Prophet Mohammad” – Even God can make a mistake to send a book to the wrong guy. “The Quran never brought violence” – sure we see it every day!!! “it brought peace” to whom? To dead only, I think, even for Muslims it did not bring peace. And a last thing – I read Koran in Original.

    2. Ron Harte says:

      Part of the problem is defining good and evil. It is all well and good to be against evil, but is it evil to convert to be a Christian? Is it evil to declare a jihad? Is righteousness killing people? And then there is an enormous difference between the words you use, and the realities of life today. Words are a screen for the justification of crimes against humanity

  16. Juggler says:

    Mayor Dumbberg & Rauf are traveling to Mecca together.

  17. Juggler says:

    Rauf… Stop Conning the American public. We all know your an Islamic supremacist trying to sneak Sharia law in through the back door.
    We’re wise to your Con Game… All of us except Mayor Dumbberg.

  18. Farooq Malik says:

    I cannot talk evil about Christianity because some original portion of the Bible is part of our Holy Qur’an. When non-Muslims talk about Islam as being an evil religion, i would strongly suggest they read the Holy Qur’an and understand it whilst also reading the sayings of our Prophet (P.B.U.H). Stereotyping Muslims is common nowadays especially when Islam is the fastest growing religion in the World and as a known fact none of those anti-Muslims can do anything about it as hard as they try, desire, wish or dream. Islam is prevailing and will always prevail so try harder to improve on your abusive and instigating skills and you will still fail. Ameen.

  19. Deane Saywell says:

    We will never have the TRUTH, and True Peace, Love and Compassion on this Planet, and True Justice and HUMAN RIGHTS, until TRUTH is seen as our HIGHEST ASSET, as a Humanity !!!

    The true name of the god in the bible, is yahweh, as this is his true name, and is the true name of the biblical god, as the word god is European word, and the word god is plural and non-specific, and is therefore a word which is used for any GOD or GODS of any religion !!!

    The biblical god yahweh, describes himself as an angry, jealous god !!! The biblical god yahweh instructed his chosen people to mass murder, mass genocide, mass slaughter countless people, and create countless killing fields, just because these HUMAN BEINGS of our HUMANITY, had differrent religions and worshiped other GODS OR GODDESSES, these MASS CRIMES against our very own HUMANITY, have not even been recognised as WAR CRIMES, MASS GENOCIDES, MASS SLAUGHTERS, MASS KILLINGS, AND MASS KILLING FIELDS !!!

    Countless men, women and CHILDREN, YES CHILDREN, were the VICTIMS of these most shocking MASS MURDERS, it is all on the numerous pages of the bible for every HUMAN BEING to read and discover this most shocking EVIL for themselves !!! Then their land, and possessions are stolen and their Temples and cities destroyed !!!

    Where is their TRUTH, their JUSTICE, their HUMAN RIGHTS!!! What does it say about us as a HUMANITY that this has been completely IGNORED IN WORLD HISTORY, just to support, promote and worship yahweh as a holy being, when yahweh is clearly NOT!!!???

    I am absolutely shocked by what is in the bible, the most-evil-devil-demon-being-yahweh, the biblical god yahweh, is very clearly and very concisely NOT A god of love, peace, compassion, lovingkindness, truth, justice, wisdom, enlightenment, yahweh is a TRUE demon, the most evil-demonic-devil-demon-being EVER !!! And the sooner the WHOLE UNIVERSE can be free of yahweh, THE BETTER, and for the GOOD for all Sentient Beings !!!

    1. ArroyoMgaKawatan says:

      Like the demon god that rewards 70 virgins to killers of infidel?

  20. Justise says:

    Be careful you NYorkers. This is the strategy of this Satanic religion. Muslim will pretend to looks like an Angel but once they are many/majority, you’ll surprise when they ask for syaria law to be implemented in the US soils. US freedom will gone then.

    1. Aaminah says:

      Aaminah, your so sarcastic and it seems that your sinless. Muslims are also created by God. If you’re relly a true christian you won’t say that word.. Don’t be judgemental. Islam is not a satanic religion.

  21. elbuensamaratin says:

    let me know his itinerary, please.

  22. Yishak says:

    Jesus said “You will know them by their fruits” So unlike its name here is the fruit of Islam: violence, intolerance, hatred, and killing innocent people. Islam has never been preached it was spread by sword from day one. But they should know their principles can not stand the Love that exists in Christianity. So they will perish by their own negativity.

    1. JPR says:

      Perfect yishak…Love will prevail

    2. Kazazic says:

      Islam is a religion of success. Unlike Christianity, which has as its main image, in the west at least, a man dying in a devastating, disgraceful, helpless death.
      Karen Armstrong

      1. jpr says:

        kazazic….You know neither Koran nor the Bible. Koran says that jesus was never killed.

  23. Ron Harte says:

    There is a simple measure to define any group. In a crisis of US vs their group, who would they side with? With the religion dominating most Muslim’s daily existence, what do you think?.

  24. John says:

    “I want to ispire interfaith understanding” Yes do it. But not in a country where it is already exisitng but in a country of your own religion, an islamic nation where it is a taboo to follow unislamic religion and you are a second class citizen if you belong to a religion other than Islam. Rauf is hood winking America.

    1. Imran Khan says:

      If another does you harm, do him good;
      For every tree that bears fruit is stoned.

      To bring about an atmosphere of peace within the society Islam has given a number of commandments. For instance, the Prophet of Islam observed ‘A believer is one from whom people feel secure as regards their lives and property (At-Tirmizi).

      Another hadith has this to say: By God, he is not a believer from whose nuisance his neighbor is not safe. (Al-Bukhari)

      1. jpr says:

        But we see today that in any islamic country the non islamic people are always threatened in the name of islam and they are no free to practice their religion as you do in any of the western european country or in USA. Take the case of Bibi in pakistan. The christian killed in church in iraq in the name of islam. Give me one practical example of tolerance by Islam for other faiths.

      2. Justise says:

        The Quran says – Kill the non-believers.

      3. NAMRAIDA says:

        NAMRAIDA. Salamo, I wonder so much they hate muslims so much as it seems that they put all the blame to what was happened before. Why don’t we just pray so that we’ll have a peace of mind and please bear in mind also that muslims are also human beings . ALAHU AKBAR.

  25. Darryl Jones says:

    If these billions of Muslims are innocent, where is the outrage when these murders are committed? Where are the Muslims that are publicly speaking out against these things? They are silent, and if you don’t know. If you choose to not stand up against evil and you remain silent it is the same as as supporting this filthy barbaric religion! Muslims are not innocent because they do nothing to speak out against these things!
    Please, if you would tell me one good thing Islam has brought to the world? Just one? You can’t, Islam has brought nothing but hate, violence, and intimidation to the world. You people are naive to think that by allowing it into our society that it will be any different than in Muslim countries!
    Wake up there is a stealth agenda to strongarm your country!
    Dont’ be ashamed, raise your voice, and stand up and fight!

    1. john says:

      “I want to ispire interfaith understanding” Yes do it. But not in a country where it is already exisitng but in a country of your own religion, an islamic nation where it is a taboo to follow unislamic religion and you are a second class citizen if you belong to a religion other than Islam. Rauf is hood winking America.

  26. Tom says:

    Love Rauf, he’s the perfect example of why Islam is incompatible with Enlightenment values.

    He’s a “moderate Muslim”, but the only thing that means is he’s non-violent. His goals are identical to the Islamists: the creation of an Islamic political state. (And if any person said they’d be the link between the West and the “Christian”, or “Buddhist, or “Hindu, or “Jewish”, world, those who support this farce would choke on their rightousness. But Islam as a supra-national political ideology gets a pass, even as it becomes obvious it’s the antithesis of “diversity”.)

    Rauf’s positions:

    1) A single state is the solution in the Middle East. A nice concept in theory, but in practice there isn’t a state with a meaningful Muslim population where non-Muslims aren’t under dire pressure -from organized “random” violence to outright ethnic cleansing. Blind to this? Read some history: a century ago there were over 100 million native Christians in the Muslim belt from North Africa to Pakistan, now there are less than 10 million and in a generation there will be zero. Much like what has already happened to the Jews.

    2) Supports Sharia law. His version is a touchy-feely kind that’s never been seen in the history of Islam. He admits Sharia is only 90% compatible with the Constitution, but he hasn’t stated his opinion about whether the 10% of God’s law that’s incompatible with man’s law should take precedence. But we all know the opinion of pious Muslims on that question.

    3) Hamas and Hezbollah are freedom fighters, or their situation is too complex to pass judgement on. zzzzzzz

    4) Muslim-style “free speech” is better than Western “free speech”, since Muslims don’t offend religion. (Unless it’s Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism…)

    5) His statements that to oppose the GZ mosque could incite Muslims to violence is typical Islamist thuggishness, even though I don’t believe he realizes it. But his lack of self-awareness is telling about his belief system.

    6) His opinions about “tolerance” are also telling about his belief system: if Muslims do something non-Muslims find offensive, non-Muslims should show tolerance and put up with it; if non-Muslims do something Muslims find offensive, non-Muslims should show tolerance and change their behavior. (See his article about whether Malaysian Christians should use the word “Allah” for “God” (they shouldn’t).)

    1. Imran Khan says:

      “And do not corrupt the land after it has been set in order”. (7:85)

      In order to preserve the peace, established by nature, from disruption, Islam has laid down two important injunctions. One at the individual level, stresses the exercise of patience, and the other, at the social level, forbids taking the offensive.

      The pious enjoy looking at the world;
      Through the world he sees the Creator

      George Bernard Shaw, one of the greatest thinkers has rightly said, “If leadership of the modern world were to be handed over to Muhammad, that is if Muhammad’s Islam is applied to the world he would have solved all his problems and bring about the much desired peace and happiness”. It means that the socio moral order of Islam, which is based on justice, can bring peace in the world.

      Places of worship of all religions should be respected and open for the worship of their followers. Allah says in the Holy Qur’an,

      “Sanction is give unto those who fight because they have been wronged; and Allah is indeed able to give them victory; those who have been driven from their homes unjustly only because they said: Our Lord is Allah, for had it not been for Allah’s repelling some men by means of others, cloisters and churches and oratories and mosques, wherein the name of Allah is oft mentioned, would assuredly have been pulled down. Verily Allah helpeth one who helpeth Him. Lo! Allah is Strong, Almighty.” (22 – 39,40).

      “Lo! Those who believe, and those who are Jews, and Sabaeans, and Christians whoso ever believeth in Allah and the Last Day and doth right there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve.” (5: 69)

      Negative reaction on the part of the individual is the greatest factor responsible for disrupting peace in daily life. It repeatedly happens that in social life man experiences bitterness on account of others. On such occasions, if one reacts negatively, the matter would escalate to the point of a head-on collision. That is why Islam repeatedly enjoins us to tread the path of patience.

      The Qur’an says: Surely the patient will be paid their wages in full without measure. (39:10)

      The other injunction, designed to maintain peace in human society is to forbid the waging of an offensive war. No one in Islam enjoys the right to wage war against another. There are no grounds on which this could be considered justifiable. (2:190)

      There is only one kind of war permitted in Islam and that is a defensive war. If a nation by deviating from the principles of nature wages war against another nation, then, a defensive war, with certain conditions, may be waged by the country under attack.

      It is thus God’s will that men and women should jointly establish a society of peace in His world. Peace, it may be emphasized, is a predicate of justice. We can’t ensure peace without the prior establishment of justice. Islam is in fact a perpetual struggle for the establishment of peace via justice..

      1. Justise says:

        Well give an example of wars that Islam is a defender?

  27. Darryl Jones says:

    Everyone call and email these universities, Office of President, Chancellor, Board of Trustees, Board of Visitors etc. at these universities (Harvard, Yale, Georgetown, UNC chapel hill) to DEMAND that this man not be allowed to sponsor his terror mosque at our universities!

  28. Jacob says:

    Wake up America. Their purpose is clear and simple, to destroy all religions except Islam. Can’t you see what is happening to christians living in the Middle East. Tell them to build the mosqe near the ground zero whenever you can build a church in JIddah. They are liars. That is their strategy until they build their strength and can challenge you in your own country.

  29. Lewis B says:

    Give it u up, Rauf!

  30. Alison says:

    John Russell– Equating Islam (a religion including billions of followers) to Hitler (a person) is not only non-sensical, it’s insensitive to more than 1 billion Muslims around the world, many of who are innocent of committing any crimes. Hitler created a holocaust of the Jewish people. Islam itself did not commit 9/11, men who called themselves “Muslim” did. These men were human men who had fault. So you can blame their humanity, their personalities, or their skewed visions of the world. But you have no valid reason to blame Islam for 9/11 or say this religion had ANYTHING to do with the attacks because a group of MEN committed the acts. Not Islam itself.

    Many muslims are trying to make ends meet and survive in this world just like all of us are. Don’t you think it’s insensitive to have to deal with people painting your religion as evil, when to you it is a way of life, happiness and of peace? I thought many of us were brought up believing that we get what we sow and that you should only be condemned if you did something wrong. Why does it seem like many Muslims are being attacked for no apparent reason besides the religion they follow? Apparently America can’t send back the many Muslims who were born and bred here for generations and are American themselves. As an American, I am devoted to my country and to my religion Islam as well. But if Americans and America dislikes my religion, I start to question them and the country because my religion- Islam is not racist, ethnocentric, etc. at all. Islam accepts all people, I hope Americans do this as well.

    1. john russell says:

      Second time trying to post a reply. Alison, do you think that Hitler murdered all those people by himself? He had the support of the German people thru his system of Nazism. He was the leader. How many Muslims support the Terrorists? Surveys in several Muslim countries show that a significant number of ordinary Muslims support Islamic Terrorists..

  31. maul. says:

    Islam is true religion means peaceful religion

    1. jpr says:

      humm…but why so much of religion based violence originating only from islamic countries. There is violence in other countries but not related to religion..

      1. Imran Khan says:

        If you delve into your not so recent past, all the violence originated from your country or to put it correctly countries! No region of the world has seen so much blood shed, none but Europe. Your ancestors ran away from the tyranny of Europe to establish a just society in America. but your generation has forgotten their struggles.

        Next if we were to remove our colored lenses, we would also see that most of the violence in muslim countries is perpetrated by our countries on one pretext or the other for worldly gains!

      2. ArroyoMgaKawatan says:

        Dont worry Imran Khan, you will have your 70 virgins. courtesy of your alllah.

  32. Nemesis xyz says:

    Go and read some PHYSICS books everyone, regardless of which nationality or race, or creed you are. SPACE will set us FREE from tyranny and war. It has been decreed.

    1. WOODSIDE MIKEY says:

      AMEN BRO!!!!

  33. fern says:

    When the going gets tough the religion gets going.
    I was in Algeria in 1975, the people were very helpful and hospitable I know so since I was penniless for a month thanks to the banks, the veil for women was almost non existent and when we’d see a woman hiding her face behind a veil they would say she was a prostitute therefore hiding her face.
    Corruption was rampant and life grew worse on these people then the imams and religion settled in.
    I have always been under the impression that the poorer a country and its people are the stronger the religion is.

    1. Imran Khan says:

      lol………………Religion is very strong in Rich America

  34. WOODSIDE MIKEY says:

    YO Dan Te you are INSANE!!!! well almost, GIVE IT UP JACK@$$ BECOME MORE AN AMERICAN DUDE

    1. DanTe says:

      No facts in your rebuttal? No datum? No truths?

      Just a hysterical lunacy? Typical camel turds.

  35. MarkWan says:

    Read the Quran then read the Talmud and see which is from God and which is NOT. Then you will understand why Islam is being attacked.

    1. jpr says:

      Read…When God wanted to test abraham’s faith, it was Issac who was about to be offered by Abraham as sacrifice to God not Ishmael.

  36. Ibrahim says:

    I kindly request christian brothers to kindly read the islamic scripts before declaring islam as a religion to teach terrorism. one can estimate a religion positives and negatives just by reading its religious scriptures. Kindly try to define the word terrorism neutrally and read the history as well that who did a lot of massacre.

    1. jpr says:

      What about haddith? is it all about loving your neighbour?

    2. Justise says:

      Islamic religious is a religious created by Mohammad coz envy on God teatment to the Jews (reason why islam hate Jews – Mohammad did read the bible). Thus Quran is a mixed of all holbooks verses compiled (by muslim scholars long after Mohammad) to looks like it is an Islamic holy book. Unfortunately God reveal the truth little by little to show which is false & which is truth. We’ll wait & see.

  37. sardarsali says:

    Many of John Russell’s comments are praiseworthy. But sometimes he mixes up religion with politics. Muslims were never ‘crusaders’ – as he says; rather the history of crusade says otherwise. Muslims did when they held military power like many other conquerors such as Chengis Khan, for example. But nobody blames him for the religion he professed. Neither did Muslims ever committed genocide like Baldwin when he captured Jerusalem. Halagu Khan also engaged in wholesale slaughter of Muslims when he conquered Baghdad. But Muslims are for every act of violence. This is simply because hatred is not in the minds of the Muslims but in the minds of other faiths. May be they once were subjugated by Muslims. But the present ground reality is that torture, kidnappings, killings, and dehumanization of Muslims should be addressed first or this is sure to give birth to radicalism. This is applicable universally. Please don’t forget it. By the way, were there no Muslim victim of 9/11 tragedy?

    1. jpr says:

      Why there was crusaders? Do you know that? It was to stop the advancing forces of muslims conquerers? And to take back what was already conquered by them…

    2. Justise says:

      I suggest you read & understand the Quran, Christian bible, & Torah. You will find out the truth answers.

  38. whytruthhurts says:

    Patthew Cannons (respected Republican) said in a profound essay “if the US government think they could wage war on Islam like they did with Fascism or communism, then they have another thing coming, BECAUSE ISLAM HAS BEEN HERE FOR 1400 YEARS AND ITS PROVEN TO BE INDESTRUCTABLE..ISLAM IS INDESTRUCTABLE!!!

    “if any religion had a chance of conquering England, nay Europe within the next hundred years,
    ________________________George Bernard Shaw

    1. Justise says:

      Oh ya? Go a head & support. You\ll find that Islam is a destructive religion, TRUST ME. But the GOOD will always prevail. The Truth will be reveal.
      Btw, GOD & SATAN are indestructible. Islam is which ????

    2. AMINAH says:


  39. Greg says:

    OK everybody…get your pigs blood ready…

  40. Mohamed Zuhair Mohamed Ibrahim says:

    All religions and faiths should live in peace

    1. Justise says:

      Quran says, do not befriend with Jews …. Kill the non-believer …
      How could you if this is the teaching ????

      1. Imran Khan says:

        It never says dont be friends with Jews! It says do not follow them in your religious matters as they have gone astray!

        The Wali in that verse (do not take the Jews as your Wali) means Guardian in Religious Affairs! There is nothing wrong in it. Do the Christians or Hindus or Jews or Buddhists follow Ulema in their Religious Matters?

        Both the Jews and the Christians are described in the Holy Qur’an as the people of the Scriptures, or People of the Book. According to Qur’an the message contained in the Old Testament and the New Testament is inspired by Allah:

        “Say (unto the People of the Scripture): Dispute ye with us concerning Allah when He is our Lord and your Lord? Ours are our works and yours your works. We look to Him alone.”(2 – 39)

  41. john Russell says:

    A note to readers of these posts. I had many comments deleted in the midst of typing them. So I had to break them into small posts and send them before they were deleted.
    That is why there are many small posts; I was not allowed to post some long posts.

  42. marty says:

    Hope this idiot disappears while on tour. We should close all mosque and send all muslims back to their own lands. American muslims should be put in camps as the Japanese were in WWII. They are all threats to our society since they refuse to condemn or actively resist the radicals muslims who are causing all the problems. Islam is a false religion that is based on hate, terror, and violence and has no place in America. GET OUT!

    1. John Russell says:

      Actually your comments are legally, historically, and religiously false. First Amendment to Constitution allows religios speech. Concentration Camps are illegal; US govt apologized and paid reparations to Japanese0Americans for WWII internment.

      1. John Russell says:

        Deportation of American citizens is illegal. Religious buildings cannot be arbitrarily closed (don’t like what the congregations are doing) unless criminal activities can be proven.

      2. John Russell says:

        Islam is not a false religion (although some Muslims consider Christianity to be so). Islam is one of the 5 Great Religions; others are Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism.

    2. whytruthhurts says:

      So in other words you want to fight Islam for its lofty teaching which conflict with your foolish belief. If Islam is false or promote terror or hatred then you must prove it but you are just repeating what the Fox News tells you. Your opinion has been the opinion of your forefathers for the last 1400 years but they only destroyed themselves by fighting Islam and you are self destructive.

      1. Justise says:

        Come to my country & observed for a year. You will learn the “pretender” very soon. I’ll show you a living proof …

    3. Robert says:

      Yes Marty, that is what needs to happen. Sorry to say, as long as we have ignorant liberals making decisions for this country it will not happen, until its to late and its is staring everyone in the face__sorry a little to late then. I don’t want to see any Muslims hurt; I just want them to leave the United States. I go to one of the USA’s top engineering universities and it is full of Muslims. They are the rudest, most selfish, barbaric individuals I have ever encountered, just at a basic social level, let alone if they had the chance to be in power in the US. The solution is to get rid of all these politicians that pander to Muslims. Hum, who is one of these I speak of? I believe his initials are BO. America needs to take a bath and get rid of the BO.

  43. John Russell says:

    I have had 10 comments deleted while typing. But I will not be denied my Right to express myself. Especially with Historical information to support my statements!

    1. John Russell says:

      The USA is a Great Country with room for a multitude of faiths, including Islam. The modern problem with Islam is that it has been hijacked by Radical Govts and individuals who support “hate, terror, and violence.” There is No State Religion in the USA, like Great Britain. All religions should have opportunities to
      thrive in the USA if they do not pose a Public Danger. John Ruissell

      1. John Russell says:

        Lastly, the majority of Muslims in the USA are not a threat to the USA or its citizens even though they may privately support some of the actions of the Radical Muslims. “Thought Crimes” are not yet punished in the USA or many non-Muslims would be arrested, convicted, and incarcerated already.

  44. LILLY ALLEN says:

    It is very insensitive and inconsiderate to build a mosque so close to Ground Zero. The action speaks itself. There are hundreds of mosque built in America. No one ever opposed to them. It is crystal clear that freedom of religion is not an issue here. This is all about propaganda and distraction from the true issue.

    1. John Russell says:

      Agree, Lily. The attempt to portray opposition to the mosque near the WTC is a Red Herring, also used by some liberals. Islam and Liberal propaganda seek to disatract people from the reality of Radical Islam (terrorism and murder).

  45. Jules says:

    The dreams of Iman Rauf is a good dream, but he must start with convincing Saudi Arabia, (The center of islam) on a real inter faith dialogue. I will be truely convinced if Saudi Arabia will open it’s understanding on inter faith and allow other faiths to practice their religion on their soil. Only then real understanding from world forums will be allowed to come together for future generations. Till then, it will be a hard task to achieve.

    1. John Russell says:

      3rd time typing. True, Jules. But the Problem of the world is Wahabism (Return to the True Religion) which arose in eastern Arabia in 18th cent. When wealthy Saudis stop financing Islamic Terrorism and the SA govt allows other religions into SA then there can be a change for the better.

  46. John Russell says:

    Islamic doctrine considers any lands conquered by Muslims to be Muslim land, even when the Muslim invaders are pushed out. The “Real Crusaders” are not Christians but Muslims. After Mohammed started his religion in Arabia in the 7th century there was an orgy of conquest in an arc from Spain to the southern Philippines (Moros). The Moros are still engaging in terrorism, murders. and rebellion.

    1. whytruthhurts says:

      John Russell
      Islamic doctrine considers any lands conquered by Muslims to be Muslim land, even when the Muslim invaders are pushed out.

      Are saying the Muslims should claim all the countries they ruled over 1000 years and the returned to their real owners. So, Spain, India and some other part of the world must be taken back by the Muslims if your claim is correct.

    2. jpr says:

      This is for John Russel.
      “I want to ispire interfaith understanding” Yes Rauf can do it. But not in a country where it is already exisitng but in a country of your own religion, an islamic nation where it is a taboo to follow unislamic religion and you are a second class citizen if you belong to a religion other than Islam. Rauf is hood winking America.

  47. John Russell says:

    Standard Islamic practice has been to build a mosque or convert a Christian church into a mosque (ex: Istanbul) in conquered lands. . The name first selected (Cordoba) illustrates the hidden meaning and connection. Cordoba was an Islamic city and country in Spain during the Muslim Occupation (711-1492). Further Muslim expansion into Western Europe was stopped south of Paris and the Muslims were pushed across the Pyrennes.

    1. Mohammad says:

      I never heard such a tale, and im a muslim myself. I never heard of this victory mosque. A mosque is for prayer there is no need for a victory mosque. The mosque in istanbul was because of islamic expansion due to continuous wars with the byzantine empire. And today that mosque of sofia in turkey is now a museum, its no longer a mosque.

      Where do you people get your info from. Victory mosque ? what is this non-sense. Theres a mosque already near wtc like 15 blocks away been there years. Whats that victory for ? Over the native Americans ? Come on

  48. John Russell says:

    Building an Islamic mosque on the Islamic Murders Site is not only offensive, it is obscene. It is similar to building a monument to Adolph Hitler in Israel, a monument to Josef Stalin in the Katyn Forest in Poland, or a monument to Tamerlane in North India.

    1. Mohammad says:

      Israel is already a nazi regime. You think israel practices judaism ? You think israel is your friend ? They use america like a tool. Like a weapon at their disposal. Most israelis are agnostic or atheist half of them according to their own polls. Not only that. Do you know what zionsim is ? Zionism is retaining the jewish character but abolishing the belief in god.

      Palestinians wouldn’t be palestnians if they weren’t fighting for what belongs to them. Palestinians are the real descendants of the land since their forefathers were jews and christians at one point. And palestine has always been part of arabia.

  49. John Russell says:

    Tried to leave a critical comment here 4 times. Is this more Political Correctness?

    1. Juggler says:

      Me Too…… Political correctness run amok. Mayor Dumbberg & Rauf are traveling to Mecca together to celebrate the stoning of another innocent woman.

      1. Juggler says:

        I retract my last comment….I forgot …They don’t allow JEWS in Saudi Arabia, So Dumbberg will have to applaud from the border.

  50. bab says:

    His talk will drop on deaf ears, Americans are not interested in that.
    Give them X rated, violence and how to make money moves. Stay home and count your rosary beads.

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